The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!


A Piece of My Mind
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition. Every problem is an opportunity wrapped in a sack, waiting to be discovered. Life is easy if every one of us acknowledges that God is good and that He wants nothing but to make His creatures enjoy the life that He gave.

Whenever we think that what we currently have is just a minute portion of all blessings on earth, we somehow trap ourselves in the tangled web of evil. This pessimism may lead to a life full of deceit and discouragement.

An obstacle is always a mean for us to strive and do well with everything we have and we may have in the future.

Remember this….

HE gets us to it, for we can get through it.



2 thoughts on “The Obstacle in Our Path

  1. Knowing one’s enemy (the obstacle that stands in the way of what one is attempting to accomplish) presents an opportunity to examine, understand, and, finally, overcome it.

    I desperately wanted to be a teacher after my long career in another industry, but couldn’t find a way to take a semester off from work in order to student teach. Searching frantically for a program that would allow me to move forward, I refused to give in to what the naysayers told me: “it can’t be done.” I examined the problem, isolating it. Within a few months, through a series of personal encounters that I still have a hard time explaining, I met a college representative who explained his school’s student teaching program. By using vacation and personal days at work, I found a way to take the course without quitting my job for sixteen weeks. I start the course this fall.

    If one’s goals are righteous, and the obstacle appears, one should be thankful. It is only a matter of time and persistence until the problem is solved.

  2. The Obstacle is the Path

    In ancient times, two farmers went to the market to sell their vegetables. On the way, they encountered a giant boulder that had fallen off the cliff and blocked the road. The carts could not go around the boulder because the cliff was on one side of the road and a dense forest was on the other side.

    The first farmer put his cart under a tree to shade the vegetables and unhitched his donkey. He then loaded his donkey with half of the vegetables, led it around the boulder and continued to the market. The second farmer wanted to bring all his vegetables to the market, not just half, so he stayed behind to try to move the boulder out of the way.

    At the end of the day, the first farmer had sold his vegetables and followed the same route home. To his surprise, he found the second farmer still at the boulder pushing and straining. The second farmer was so intent on taking his entire cart of vegetables to the market that he wasted the entire day trying to push the boulder.

    The first farmer understood something many others may never learn. Some things do not turn out the way we wanted them to. Instead of being disappointed and struggling against things that are out of our control, it is often better to adapt our plans and move on.

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